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It finally thawed, yay! It’s so good, but it’s a touch bitter. Maybe I let it steep too long…I’ve never had any issues with cold steeping before, so this is a mark against it. Still, I love it. To the point that I’m kinda mad that I have to share it with the wife XD.

Maybe I should go the route of making some hot and then sticking it in the fridge, see what that does.

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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Welp, I went to strain my Grape Expectations and discovered that the leaves had frozen solid. Whoops. Should probably turn down my fridge.

SOOOOO I’m drinking my cool cucumber cold brew instead. This is so weirdly minty. It tastes like mint honeydew melon. It’s really lovely.

I don’t know, I may need to try more of this. Cold it’s amazing. I just…wow. I can imagine drinking this in the heat of summer and just loving how refreshing it is.

Maybe I’ll pick up a bigger bag.

Fjellrev

This one was a surprise for me! Especially the mint.

aisling of tea

Me too! I was expecting to just be meh about it, but it’s awesome.

melanie_ann

This one was a pleasant surprise for me also :) only got the 25g to try so will definitely have to stock up next week!

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh my gawd. I love this. I really do. I’m drinking it out of my new carry travel mug and it’s just love all around. It tastes like blue gummy sharks. I cold brewed it overnight and it is just….guh. Those of you who have had it hot and didn’t like it, I urge you to cold brew it or ice it. This is going on the staples list. Guh. It’s berries and deliciousness and perfection.

edit: I have some blueberry pancake booze that I NEED to try mixed with this beauty. Damn it, why is it only 10 in the morning?

Sil

it’s after noon somewhere… :)

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reviewed Carry Travel Mug by DAVIDsTEA
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We picked this up yesterday as part of our Spring Teas splurge. We came home with 2 Nordic Mugs (color changing whales and tentacles!), 26 grams of all the new teas except Pom Tango, a coco chai rooibos chocolate bar, and this little beauty.

Seriously, I’ve just been sitting and cuddling it. I love the texture of the outside, smooth and rubbery. I had already brought a tea with me in my timolino, so my wife got the free cup in this thermos and she keeps playing with the lid XD. I primarily use this and the timolino for my cold brew teas, because it keeps them ice cold for hours on end. It’s amazing.

I had been hoping for a pink timolino with the spring line, but no such luck. However, i spotted this burgundy carry travel mug and fell in love. Love, with a capital L and a sigh.

I like the mesh strainer on top much better than the strainer on the timolino, and the secret compartment is bigger. Not that I ever use it (except for spy notes!).

All in all, this was a great purchase.

Ninavampi

Now I want one!!!!

aisling of tea

Yes, yes you do XD. It’s great!

Sil

never thought of this for cold brew teas… hmmm

aisling of tea

I hadn’t either until I was rushing out the door and poured my cold brew in my timolino to last me on the way to work. It lasted me the whole way to work.

keychange

Do you find the brew basket deep enough? I’m still deciding if I want one or not. I also liked the mesh at the top instead of the sip-holes, although if you pour your leaves out like you’d have to do to stop the steeping anyway, the old lid would have also worked. But still…I think I want one!

aisling of tea

I don’t brew in it that often, but it’s the same depth as the timolino and that one works fine for me.

tnmo

How does the new version hold up to wear and tear (i.e. does it scratch easily)? Coveting the ice blue but not sure if it will quickly or easily it will show signs daily use…if at all

aisling of tea

So far so good! Mine’s not showing any signs of wear and tear and I’ve used it daily since I bought it a month ago, and I’m not exactly gentle with it either lol.

tnmo

Thanks! That definitely helps!

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100

Feeling ill, love this tea. Saves my tummy all the time.

__Morgana__

Feel better.

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95

Hot, this is…okay. Good, but not as mind blowing as iced. Still, it’s pretty dang good!

Roswell Strange

This probably has the best reviews out of the new collection so far – though its green with raisins so I’m really conflicted :p

aisling of tea

It has absolutely no raisiny taste, we were worried about it too.

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is so surprising. It tastes cool and refreshing in a way I didn’t think was possible from a black tea. I love the melon flavor and it’s very good. That said, I need to try it cold, but I probably won’t restock.

Edit: This was my first cup of tea in my new whales nordic mug. Ghost whaaaaaales….

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Got a cup of this iced to go as we left Davids and it blew me away. It reminded me of the grape oolong bubble tea I get at Ten Ren’s and Real Fruit. It’s amazingly delicious, it tastes like a roasty, real grape dream. I can’t believe this is a green, but it is amazing.

Cavocorax

Oh, you’re right. It DOES taste like a grape oolong although I can’t recall where I’ve had it… I’m happy this tea didn’t disappoint!

aisling of tea

It’s so good, I want to marry it.

Roswell Strange

Doesn’t Butiki carry a Grape Oolong?

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drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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While sitting outside Davids, chatting with the lovely Christina, I had a cup of this iced and oh my gawd. It was so good. So, so, so good. I see the comparison to a peach gummies, but ermagerd, I nearly walked back in the store and bought a ton of it. But we have samples, so I’m going to try it hot and coldbrewed before investing in more.

Christina

My tea box at home is stuffed with all of the samples you gave me. STUFFED. I couldn’t even fit it all in there, considering the large bags you gave of the Silver Buds Yabao and the Milk Oolong from Tealish. It’s gonna take months to get through it all!

aisling of tea

Bwahahahaha. And we’re already planning your next bag full.

MUWAHAHAHHA

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drank Milk Oolong by Tealish
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I took my cold steep of this with me out today and it was so, sooo good. The oolong really came through and it was creamy and refreshing and just so delicious.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

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My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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